Judges & Criteria
Criteria for Adjudication
Higher order concerns
- The paper’s central thesis, focus, hypothesis, or observation is perceptive, incisive, and richly developed.
- Research is employed in developing the key argument and is compared and contrasted (as appropriate).
- A deep, nuanced understanding of the subject matter is evident throughout the paper.
- The writing style engages the reader.
- The paper reflects the principles of inclusive and antiracist writing.
- For papers that are written by or about Indigenous Peoples, or about Indigenous topics, the writing reflects the principles outlined in Dr. Gregory Younging's book Elements of Indigenous Style.
- The paper is well organized.
Lower order concerns
- Skillful transitions between paragraphs and arguments
- Vocabulary is well-chosen and there is variety in sentence structures.
- Few, if any, errors in citation.
- Papers show evidence of thoughtful revision/editing.
- Judges must give equitable consideration to all writers. The contest welcomes papers written "with an accent" and papers that challenge the traditional hegemonic norms of academic writing.
- With this criteria, the SLC reaffirms the CCCC's statement on Students' Right to their own Language.
The excellence of all papers should be judged consistently, using the criteria above; however, the Writing Contest committee acknowledges that excellence in writing is not culturally or disciplinarily neutral. Everyone involved with the writing contest will work toward greater awareness of our unconscious biases about what makes for “good” writing as we engage with student submissions.
First Year Category Judges
Dr. Petra Menz - Department of Mathematics
Dr. Craig Orr - School of Environmental Science
Dr. Daniel Ahadi - School of Communications
Middle Years Category Judges
Denise Oleksijczuk - School for the Contemporary Arts
Dr. Tara Holland - School of Environmental Science
Dr. Jennifer Wang - Department of Philosophy
Fourth Year+ Category Judges
Dr. Ryan Tacata - School for the Contemporary Arts
Dr. Nicky Didicher - Department of English
Dr. Jacquie Nelsen - School of Computing Science
Plurilingual Prize Category Judges
Cecilia Sierra Heredia – Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Sheri Fabian – School of Criminology, Director of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD)
Eilidh Singh - EAL Consultant, Centre for Educational Excellence